First released in Japan in 2017 and a year afterwards in the west for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC platforms, Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age was the first major single-player instalment in Square Enix’s long-running RPG series in almost a decade. Returning to its roots as a home console experience, players followed the journey of the Luminary, a hunted hero who must uncover the mystery of his fate with the aid of his ragtag party.
Last year, Square Enix ported the game across as a ‘Definitive Edition’ exclusively to the Nintendo Switch, offering a range of new features including:
New character side stories
Get to know your fascinating cast of companions more than ever with individual side stories and adventures
Speed up battles
Feel like battles are a bit slow? You can speed them up by 2x and 4x.
Retro 2D mode
In addition to stunning 3D you can also choose to play in 2D with retro inspired graphics of classic 16-bit RPGs
16-bit World of Tickington
Journey to past Dragon Quest worlds which hold additional side-quests reimagined in the retro style
Choose to play the entire game with Japanese or English voice overs
Fully Orchestrated Soundtrack
Ability to switch between the symphonic soundtrack or the original synthesized soundtrack as you travel the world of Erdrea
Immortalize your adventure with the perfect image. Rearrange characters, set different poses, change angles etc. are just some of the features available in Photo Mode
Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Definitive Edition has been confirmed to be heading back to not only the PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, but also the Xbox One. This marks the first time an Xbox console has been host to a Dragon Quest game. The game will be available across all platforms on 4 December 2020.
Unfortunately there has been no announced plans for those who own the original game to “upgrade” to the new version through downloadable content at a reduced rate.